During an event celebrating National Adoption Month, VP Mike Pence praised a proposed rule that would allow federal funding to go to adoption agencies that REFUSE to place children with LGBTQ families.
“We’ve reversed the rule implemented in the closing days of the last administration that jeopardized the ability of faith-based providers to serve those in need by penalizing them for their deeply held religious beliefs.
We will stand for the freedom of religion and we will stand with faith-based organizations to support adoption.”
Pence said he
“couldn’t be more proud” of the “decisive action” taken at “President Trump’s direction.”
Obama changed nondiscrimination rules governing adoption agencies to expand the definition of groups protected against discrimination to include LGBTQ people. Trump’s proposed rule will undo that.
Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAADsaid,
“Children should never be denied the opportunity to join a stable, loving family — even if that means the family is LGBTQ.
Research has shown LGBTQ families provide the same kind of love, protection and support as other families, and no child should be denied that kind of environment.”
A 2018 report from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law shows that 1 in 5 of the estimated 114,000 same-sex couples raising children in the United States are raising adopted or foster children — significantly higher than the 3% of heterosexual couples doing so.
“Homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed.”
(Photo, screen grab; via NBC News)